April is National Poetry Month

Thanks to Mr. Burner for 
Beginning the Celebration!

This Month In History

This Month in History
·         April 4 - Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. (1968)*
·         April 6 - Explorers Matthew A. Henson and Robert E. Perry are the first to reach the North Pole. (1909)*
·         April 7 - The musical South Pacific, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, opens on Broadway. (1949)*
·         April 8 - Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 714 home run record. (1974)*
·         April 15 – The Titanic hits an iceberg in the Northern Atlantic Ocean and sinks. (1912)*
·         April 19 – After a 51 day siege in Waco, Texas, the Branch Dividian compound goes up in flames, killing the cult members. (1993)*
·         April 19 – The Revolutionary War begins. (1775)*
·         April 30 - Palestinian Jews declare their independence from British rule, establishing the new state of Israel. (1948)**
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Looking Forward to April Poetry Events

Mr. Burner will 
kick-off National Poetry Month by sharing one of his favorite poems. 

Power points will be presented daily to motivate the reading of poetry as well as introducing a variety of poets to our community.

Come and create Book Spine Poetry during the 1st week we return from Spring Break.  

We encourage everyone to subscribe to Poem-A-Day.

The 2nd week we will have pocket poems available at the front desk for the students to take and share throughout the day.

Look for these events and MORE ... when we return to campus next week!


Spring ECHO-Related Library Materials

When we return from Spring Break.
check out books, DVDs & music
related to your Spring ECHO courses.


10 Greatest Titles

As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
Ulysses by James Joyce
Dubliners by James Joyce
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov


Recommended Read

Patty Campbell and Christine Borrmann 
would like to recommend Still Alice by Lisa Genova. 
Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.

From the Publisher: 
“Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind...”

The novel was so poignant audiences nationwide awaited the movie which was released in December 2014.  Julianne Moore won an Oscar for best actress at the recent Academy Awards for her performance in Still Alice


WRA Readers Are Leaders

The John D. Ong Library Recognizes
Anna McMurchy as our March Reader/Leader.

Anna’s Spring Break Reads


Namiotka's Marathon Is a Success

On Friday, March 6th, Latin faculty member Jeff Namiotka held a Marathon Overnight Reading of Virgil's Aeneid in the Ong Library.  

He was joined by 37 students taking turns reading aloud and enjoying refreshments provided by Mr. McQuait.

Recent & Recommended

Thanks for these

Spring Break Reading Ideas

Mrs. Donnelly
920 Chu            Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung

Kallie Krolikowski
F Ste                The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
F Tar                The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
F Fly                 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Ms. Horgan
797.123 Bro       The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Ms. Bunt
155.24 Gla        David and Goliath: Underdogs, 
                         Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell 


Chinese New Year

Many astrologists
feel the Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram
will bring positive changes in the world
 and there will be less chaos and turmoil.

Let’s hope their predictions are right.


All Night Virgil Marathon Reading

Mr. Namiotka and interested students will be gathering
in the Ong Library Friday night, March 6th at 7:00 pm.
Once settled the excitement begins:

“Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc'd by fate,
And haughty Juno's unrelenting hate,
Expell'd and exil'd, left the Trojan shore.
Long labors, both by sea and land, he bore,
And in the doubtful war, before he won
The Latian realm, and built the destin'd town;
His banish'd gods restor'd to rites divine,
And settled sure succession in his line,
From whence the race of Alban fathers come,
And the long glories of majestic Rome.”


Soundtrack of Your Life

Project by Todd Gilbert's English III students.

Students created unique, personal, artistic CD covers and liner notes describing why each song they selected for their soundtrack held special meaning to their lives.
Check out their creations on display in the Ong Library.  Look at the unique artwork and see which songs they chose and why.


This Month in History

·         March 5 – Rowdy Americans provoked British soldiers resulting in the “Boston Massacre” where five were killed and six were injured. (1770)**
·         March 5 – Describing the boundary between the free countries in Western Europe and those in Eastern Europe under Soviet control, Winston Churchill delivered the “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.   (1946)**
·         March 6 – With the killing of every defender, Fort Alamo fell to Mexican troops led by General Santa Anna.  (1836)**
·         March 10 – Paper money is issued in the United States for the first time.  (1862)*
·         March 15 – Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Roman Senate chamber by a group of conspirators, including the infamous Brutus. (44 B.C.)**
·         March 17 – This is the day commemorating the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. **
·         March 28 – The Spanish Civil war ends as Madrid is defeated by the troops of Francisco Franco. (1939)*
·         March 31 The Eiffel Tower opens in Paris, France (1889)*

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